Snohomish sophomore phenom Mary Clarke is the top seed in a pair of Class 3A races at this weekend’s state swim and dive championships. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish sophomore phenom Mary Clarke is the top seed in a pair of Class 3A races at this weekend’s state swim and dive championships. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State girls swim preview: Top local swimmers, divers, teams

A look at the top local contenders in this weekend’s girls swim and dive state championships.

Here’s a preview of Friday’s and Saturday’s high school girls state swim and dive championships, including some of the many local swimmers, divers and teams to watch:

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: King County Aquatic Center (Federal Way)

Friday’s schedule: Class 2A/1A prelims, 8:45 a.m.; 3A prelims, 1:30 p.m.; 4A prelims, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule: 2A/1A finals, 8:30 a.m.; 3A finals, 1 p.m.; 4A finals, 5:45 p.m.

Note: This is the first state meet since 2019. There was no state meet last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

LOCAL SWIMMERS TO WATCH

Mary Clarke, soph., Snohomish. Clarke is the top seed in the 3A 100-yard freestyle by 1.12 seconds and the top seed in the 50 freestyle by 0.36 seconds. She set 3A District 1 meet records in both events last week, swimming the 100 freestyle in 51.43 seconds and the 50 freestyle in 23.71 seconds. Both were top times for her this season.

Olivia Hoyla, fr., Jackson. Hoyla is seeded third in the 4A 200 individual medley and 10th in the 100 breaststroke. She is 4.4 seconds behind the top seed in the 200 IM.

Madelynn Butler, sr., Lake Stevens. Butler is seeded fourth in both the 4A 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. She is just 0.31 seconds behind the top seed in the 50 freestyle and 0.81 seconds behind the top seed in the 100 freestyle. Butler has three individual top-10 state finishes, including a pair of seventh-place 4A state medals in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle in 2019.

Mia Grove, sr., Monroe. Grove is seeded fourth in the 3A 100 freestyle and fifth in the 100 backstroke. In 2019, she qualified for the 4A state meet in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Claire Smith, soph., Kamiak. Smith is seeded seventh in the 4A 100 butterfly and eighth in the 200 IM.

Sophia Ryu, sr., Kamiak. Ryu is seeded eighth in the 4A 100 breaststroke and 14th in the 200 IM. She also qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke in 2018 and 2019.

Summer Dean, jr., Everett. Dean is seeded ninth in both the 3A 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. As a freshman in 2019, she qualified for state in both events and finished 10th in the 500 freestyle.

Macy Fidler, sr., Glacier Peak. Fidler is seeded ninth in the 4A 100 backstroke and 10th in the 100 butterfly. She also qualified for state in a pair of individual events in 2018 and 2019.

LOCAL DIVERS TO WATCH

Sami Mandeville, fr., Archbishop Murphy. Mandeville is seeded third in 2A with 330.0 points. She is just 1.6 points behind the No. 2 seed, but 90.65 points behind the top seed.

Leah Wierschke, sr., Jackson. Wierschke is seeded fifth in 4A with 391.8 points and is just 17.3 points behind the top seed. She placed ninth in the 2019 4A state meet.

Addison Farman, fr., Glacier Peak. Farman is seeded sixth in 4A with 382.05 points.

Lauren Wierschke, jr., Jackson. Wierschke is seeded seventh in 4A with 375.15 points. She placed eighth in the 2019 4A state meet.

Saige Anderson, jr., Cascade. Anderson is seeded sixth in 3A. She is 97.15 points behind the top seed.

LOCAL TEAMS TO WATCH

Glacier Peak. The Grizzlies cruised to the 4A District 1 team title last week. It was Glacier Peak’s first district crown since moving up to 4A in 2016. The Grizzlies qualified all three relay teams for state and have seven individual state qualifiers, including five who qualified in multiple events. They also have a swimmer competing in the two adaptive races.

Jackson. The perennial powerhouse Timberwolves are coming off a second-place finish at the 4A District 1 meet. Jackson has six individual state qualifiers, including three divers and two multi-event swimming qualifiers. The Timberwolves also qualified their 200 medley relay team, which is seeded seventh in 4A.

Kamiak: The perennial powerhouse Knights are sending all three relay teams to state. Their 200 medley relay team is seeded fifth in 4A and their 400 freestyle relay team is seeded sixth. Kamiak also has four individual state qualifiers, including three who qualified in multiple events.

Snohomish: Led by Clarke, the Panthers edged Shorewood and Shorecrest to prevail in a tightly contested battle for the 3A District 1 team title last week. Snohomish has six individual state qualifiers, including four who qualified in multiple events. The Panthers also qualified all three relay teams — including their 200 medley relay squad, which is seeded eighth in 3A.

Lake Stevens: Led by Butler, the Vikings are sending two relay teams to state. Their 400 freestyle relay team is seeded eighth in 4A.

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